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Edit 1: Installed the Scythe Big Shuriken 2 CPU Cooler. Result: Much less noise and lower idle temp as well as never above 63 degrees when CPU stress testing. Also got to keep my cpu intake dust filter, it fit perfectly on the ASUS Strix Z270!

Hi everyone! After two months of thoroughly researching the web on the intricacies of building a m-ITX gaming PC, I finally came around to buying the case and getting down to it! So excited!

I use this as my main PC in my small apartment, so I wanted something that could play most games and not take up too much space or give guests the impression I'm aspiring to go to Mars.

Case: The Fractal Node 202 is in my opinion the best looking m-ITX case that fits a full-size GPU, fell in love with it quickly and have not found anything I liked as much as it since!

CPU: I did not want to stress the case too much heat-wise, so I opted out of the i7's. I mostly game so I think I will be happy with the Kaby Lake i5. Not going to overclock so I went with the non-K to further decrease heat.

I ordered a Big Shuriken 2 but it still hasn't arrived so I'm running the Intel stock cooler and the temps are great but it does make a little bit of noise (the loudest thing in my case).

Motherboard: Planned on buying a H270 chipset motherboard but

  1. I had issues finding a supplier

  2. I'm an ASUS fanboy and would prefer their board, and they did not make m-ITX with H270-chipset

  3. The double M.2 NVMe slots and 3 fan headers (1x CPU, 1x AIO pump, 1x case fan) makes things easier

  4. The quality of every little thing on the ASUS Z270 Strix is incredible and makes you happy when everything else goes to hell

PSU: I wanted a modular SFX powert supply from Corsair due to the fantastic reviews on noise, build quality and efficiency. It also makes cable management easier and better looking with the all black cables.

According to the Cooler Master PSU Calculator my system would peak at 268 W and it recommended 318 W to be safe. The SF450 is said to be quieter and will run on a nice point on its efficiency curve in my system.

Graphics Card: I recycled my GTX970 Strix from my old mid-tower and so far the temperatures are great during BF1 and Witcher 2, the to demanding titles I've tried so far. Maxed out at 67 C.

The build: My second build ever and the last one was almost ten years ago and in a big Fractal R5. I had big ambitions for cable management but it was harder than it looked! It was however a great case to build in, I enjoyed it and everything worked on the first try! I believe the modular PSU helped a lot.

  • I used two Corsair Static Pressure 120mm fans under the bulgy Strix card, and it fits, but it's close. I had to insert a tiny plastic clip to create a few more mm between the fans and the card to keep the GPU fans from scraping against its surroundings.

  • I also used a single metal wire diagonally across the two chassi fans to keep the dust filter from getting sucked into the fans, as I did not want to have to stick the dust filter on the outside of the chassi.

I ended up adding a dust filter on the inside of the top vent that is facing the roof when having the case vertically.

In the future: - Painting the case white with Plasti Dip - Installing the Big Shuriken CPU fan when it arrives from the supplier

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

What's up with the wires over the fans? I don't think I've ever seen that before..

Other than that, great build, I would love to see it dipped in white.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

The magnetic dust filter lacks the structural integrity to not get sucked into the two intake fans under the GPU, this was the easiest solution I could think of and it should be alright!

Thanks, i'll post pics!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice solution for a silly problem. Thanks for the response.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice system. Can't wait to see when it's painted. I also have the big shuriken, and it will do the job on cooling and noise. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

cool build! 1+!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

That coffee looks rather weak, I'd suggest overclocking it to get a better caffeine boost

+1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Believe me - there is a lot of voltage going through that brew!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Only the strongest is the best

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang people on this site making me want to build a ITX...

Love the build! +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Good choice of parts, nice build. Is that 2 or 4gb banana?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought it as a part of a 6x2gb set but I seem to have lost the other ones :(

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

DANK BANANA M8

throwback thursday

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Where can I get one of those headphone stands?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I got mine from a Hi-Fi store in Sweden closing down, no idea where you're located but I see stoneaudio.co.uk has a glass head for sale, gl!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! Are your case fans pulling air into the case or pushing out? I'm wondering if the GPU intake fans and the Corsair fans cancel each other out.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) I've got them set to intake and it is a really a great pair of quiet, effective fans! 5/5, does suck!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, I'm looking at just how many people got this mobo with a locked processor. I wanna do the same thing. That mobo is so feature packed and everything I want but I have no intention of overclocking my CPU. I wish there was a similar H270 board. +1 :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Good news. 2 weeks after I posted this they came out with a mini-ITX H270 board, lol.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice set up and build, love the 202! Is that coffee plunged or percolated! Looks good - Strong!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) Plunged!

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

depends on its chipset, and overclocking it can shorten its ripeness

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

This is why bakers are usually the only ones to do so.

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